Gainesville Correctional Institution to become homeless assistance center
The Gainesville Correctional Institution, located at 2845 NE 39 Ave., will become a homeless assistance center.
Theresa Lowe, director of the Gainesville/Alachua County Office on Homelessness, said the property will also be used for other projects. The city is negotiating with the Florida Department of Justice to purchase the property.
Members of the Alachua County Coalition for the Homeless and Hungry are traveling to Atlanta to visit the Gateway Center, a homeless assistance center housed in a former jail that opened about five years ago. The goal of the trip is to learn from the Gateway Center’s progress and mistakes, Lowe said. The Gainesville center will provide services to teach people how to stay out of homelessness and fight poverty.
It is unknown how long the transition from jail to homeless shelter may take.
Michelle Plitnikas wrote this story online.
More Stories in Local
Gainesville’s annual Labor Day event, Labor Daze Fest, attracted visitors for fun as well as for political conversation. Minimum wage and labor unions were among the topics some attendees hoped to hear more about.
A plan, under development, would allow the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office to supervise Waldo police operations after allegations that the former chief and interim chief established illegal ticketing quotas.
University of Florida President Bernie Machen participated in the ALS “Ice Bucket Challenge” on Monday. Machen nominated all YouTube viewers as well as the president of UF Student Government and the vice president of the UF Division of Student Affairs.
State park managers have said they will be buying or trading land in Marion, Palm Beach, and Jackson counties. This is to fill the gaps of the Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway, a recreational outdoor area that spans 110 [...]
Local law enforcement and the State Fire Marshal’s Office are investigating a mobile home fire that occurred in Levy County early Wednesday morning. Lt. Scott Tummond of Levy County Sheriff’s Office said the Bronson Fire Department responded to calls at [...]